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    Chaff woes...

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    At the moment, I am roasting Beans on a pan with a lid over a gas flame.
    Lot of work but it seems to get FC and SC.
    But only very little Chaff is coming off even though Im keeping things moving.
    Till now Ive been de-husking each roasted bean with my asbestos fingers and also getting the two slaves I own to help out :-X
    Question is, Is it ok to leave Husk on if that is how they come out or must they be removed?
    The slaves are getting restless and are plotting takeover :(.
    Could it be the way Im drying the beans and is there a proper way to do this (Drying).


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    Re: Chaff whoes

    If you are over washing prior to drying it may cause less chaff

    I get more chaff from regular beans and less chaff from the Monsooned beans

    For your roasting method and I have had experience with it
    I use 1.5 to 2 lt pot I also do not use a lid

    You should start at half heat and use a whisk to stir continually without stopping (a whisk helps to strip away the husk)

    Stir in both directions left and changing to the right
    When you see the beans going yellow (about 4-5 minutes) the husk should be starting to coming off the bean
    Take pan off the heat (donít stop stirring) and use a blow dryer to blow away the chaff

    Put pan back on heat and turn heat dial to full
    First crack should be heard in about 5-6 minutes (10 to 12 min from start)
    Second crack another 3-4 min after that

    I normally take the pan off the heat at about one minute after first crack has fully finished and continue to stir until second crack or desired colour is achieved

    Hope that helps

    KK

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    Re: Chaff whoes

    Hi Micky,

    It sounds to me as though your beans arent dry enough before roasting.

    Take a look at the following link for some info that may help.

    http://www.coffeeresearch.org/agriculture/drying.htm

    Where it refers to mechanical drying, you could think about using a clothes dryer for an experiment.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Chaff whoes

    Where it refers to mechanical drying, you could think about using a clothes dryer for an experiment
    hi dennis

    isnt it amazing the things we can find in the house to roast and brew coffee
    who needs a new giotto or a 10k roaster
    when you have a pot and a frypan


    graham

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    Re: Chaff whoes

    Quote Originally Posted by fix link=1222175483/0#3 date=1222216038
    Where it refers to mechanical drying, you could think about using a clothes dryer for an experiment
    hi dennis

    isnt it amazing the things we can find in the house to roast and brew coffee
    who needs a new giotto or a 10k roaster
    when you have a pot and a frypan


    graham
    I had a laugh Graham - Im sure many of the things we have at home were originally created for the coffee cause...just gotta work out how to convert our toaster into an IR roaster or maybe just build a fire under a cement mixer.

    :)

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    Re: Chaff whoes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis link=1222175483/0#2 date=1222213652
    Hi Micky,

    It sounds to me as though your beans arent dry enough before roasting.

    Take a look at the following link for some info that may help.

    http://www.coffeeresearch.org/agriculture/drying.htm

    Where it refers to mechanical drying, you could think about using a clothes dryer for an experiment.

    Cheers!
    If you are going to use a clothes dryer (and its a good idea)
    Donít put beans in loose
    Put them in some old stockings and on low to medium heat

    isnt it amazing the things we can find in the house to roast and brew coffee
    who needs a new giotto or a 10k roaster
    when you have a pot and a frypan
    I know that we have come a long way in the last 100 years but people still use the pot roasting method. In skilled hands you can get excellent results (for small home use batches)

    My grandmother taught me to make and roast coffee
    She has since past on to coffee heaven - but her method is still alive

    KK



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